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10:10 AM ET, November 24, 2008

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
When Twitter Met Facebook: The Acquisition Deal That Fail-Whaled  —  About three weeks ago, Facebook and Twitter ended several weeks of serious talks, in which Facebook was offering to acquire Twitter for $500 million of its stock.  —  While rumors of Facebook's interest were brought …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Acquisition Dance Between Facebook And Twitter Over For Now?  —  It's not the first time we've heard rumors about Facebook looking to acquire Twitter or about an impending deal breaking down.  But this time, Kara Swisher over at BoomTown offers a bit of insight about the deal size.
Arn / Touch Arcade:
2nd Generation iPod Touch Faster than iPhone  —  While we had generally considered the iPhone and iPod Touch to be one cohesive platform, as games have started to push the boundaries of these devices, it has become apparent that there are differences in performance between the different models.
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Arn / MacRumors:
2nd Generation iPod Touch Faster than iPhone  —  Mobile developer Handheld Games Corp reported to TouchArcade.com that performance of their 3D TouchSports Tennis game [App Store, $4.99] is noticeably different between models of iPhones and iPod touches.  Their 3D tennis game (video) …
Stars & Stripes:
Not playing around: Army to invest $50M in combat training games  —  GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — The Army has created a video game unit and will invest $50 million over five years on games and gaming systems designed to prepare soldiers for combat.  —  Lt. Col. Gary Stephens …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM launches cloud computing services  —  IBM on Monday unveiled a series of cloud computing services including business consulting to determine return on investment, design and implementation and security architecture.  —  Big Blue noted that its services will focus on public, private and hybrid cloud computing set-ups.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RPX: Can it defend against patent trolls?  —  A startup on Tuesday will launch in an attempt to fix the current patent mess and defend against so-called patent trolls.  —  The startup-RPX Corp.-is a so-called defensive patent aggregator.  RPX-short for Rational Patent-aims to reduce …
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Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Up Takes on ‘Patent Trolls’
Discussion: Law Blog and TechFlash
Chris / LiveSide:
Microsoft takes control of Kumo.com domain - watch out for the Live Search rebrand  —  A few months ago Mary Jo Foley got a tip about some new brand names that were being considered for Live Search.  One of these, Kumo, jumped out at us due to the sheer scale of TLDs that had been acquired during 2008 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Rebrand Search. Will It Be Kumo?
Discussion: Marksonland and The Microsoft Blog
Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
Triple “Guild” play for Microsoft  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Microsoft will be filled to the gills with “The Guild.”  —  The software giant has an exclusive lock on the long-awaited second season of the Internet cult hit, which will be the first to be distributed worldwide …
Discussion: Alley Insider
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
For Laid-Off Journalists, Free Blog Accounts  —  It's a long way from $700 billion, but the media start-up Six Apart is introducing its own economic bailout plan.  —  The TypePad Journalist Bailout Program offers recently terminated bloggers and journalists a free pro account (worth $150 annually) …
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
For Black Friday, shades of gray  —  Usually Black Friday is a good time of year for consumers and retailers.  It's when retailers get “in the black” by getting rid of a lot of excess inventory through offering drastic discounts.  —  This year is different.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Obsessable
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Final judgment: SCO owes Novell millions (plus interest)  —  Federal district judge Dale A. Kimball has handed down the final judgment in the SCO case.  The decision dismisses SCO's latest claims, grants declaratory relief to Novell, and sustains the court's previous judgment that SCO owes Novell …
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Moto RAZR Stops Bullet, Saves Man's Life  —  This may be the first good news Motorola's had in a long while: A feller named RJ Richard down in the New Orleans suburb of St. Tammany Parish was on his lawnmower in his backyard when something struck him hard on the chest.
 
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